The summer after a wealthy young summer guest dies under suspicious circumstances, her best friend lives under a cloud of grief and suspicion.
Littleport, Maine, has always felt like two separate towns: an ideal vacation enclave for the wealthy, whose summer homes line the coastline; and a simple harbor community for the year-round residents whose livelihoods rely on service to the visitors.
Typically, fierce friendships never develop between a local and a summer girl—but that’s just what happens with visitor Sadie Loman and Littleport resident Avery Greer. Each summer for almost a decade, the girls are inseparable—until Sadie is found dead. While the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie’s brother, Parker, who blame her. Someone knows more than they’re saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name, before the facts get twisted against her.
If nothing else, Megan Miranda can write some serious suspense. I felt on the edge of my seat throughout most of the book, despite the plot being super predictable.
None of the characters were particularly likeable, which was a unique part of this book. There didn’t seem to be a protagonist with any good qualities; everyone was shallow and self-centred and pretty dumb. I’m terrible at predicting endings, and even I was pretty sure I knew what was going to happen pretty early on.
There are so many narratives about rich people summering in small holiday towns and their effect on the town and its year-round residents; I have to applaud the author’s skill in taking a common theme and still making it worthwhile to read. I enjoyed The Last House Guest and would recommend it to any suspense fans.